Posted by Mitch Mitchell on May 27, 2009
Okay, another off topic post, but I just had to comment on this one. It seems that our friend Archie Andrews, of the Archie’s comics fame, is soon to decide on a bride, and that it’s going to be between Betty and Veronica.
First, some perspective. Archie Comics have been around for about 68 years now. I’m not that old, but I’ve seen some of the old comic strips. They even had a brief foray into what were known as 8-pagers back in the late 40′s, though it wasn’t the people who owned the Archie comic that wrote them (I saw them in, of all places, Washington D.C. back in 1978).
Anyway, you could say that I grew up with Archie Comics, and the Archie cartoons on Saturday mornings. One of my first albums was the first Archie’s album, with the original Archie’s theme, and of course any child of the 60′s and 70′s remembers the song Sugar Sugar, which went to number one and was both the last number one song of the 60′s and the first number one song of the 70′s; how’s that for trivia? I have that album still, along with the final Archie’s album; I’m not afraid to own up to it.
There has been an Archie’s cartoon series every decade since the 60′s; some haven’t been all that bad, and a few have been abysmal. There’s even a new cartoon that I saw on a TV channel that I didn’t even know existed until a couple of days ago, modernized of course, and it wasn’t bad, though it doesn’t seem to have the full charm of my day; yeah, I’m starting to get old.
Anyway, back to today. It seems the strip has decided that it’s time for Archie to grow up. So, they’re going to move him up five years or so, make him a college graduate ready to get married, and one of the two young ladies in the picture is supposed to be who he’s going to choose.
Frankly, I’m stunned by this development, and I’m not sure why. I haven’t seen an Archie comic book in years, and as I said, just noticed there’s a new cartoon. I think I’m trying to hold onto my big of nostalgia, something that’s pretty much stayed the same since I was a kid. Nope, I’m not ready for this.
But it’s going to happen; or is it? I see two possible scenarios. One, it’ll be just a dream; two, he’ll pick someone else. However, if it does go through, I’m putting my money on Betty (the blonde); who’s holding the bets?